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  • ‘The kids are rocking it’

    How does a person effect change in his or her community?

    That was the question that was proposed by Julia Agnew to her social studies class at Los Alamos Middle School.

    And the answers are speaking volumes.

    Agnew has been teaching her seventh-graders the importance of giving back to their community, as well as making connections with others outside of their community.

    The social studies Gifted and Talented Education Program (GATE) students have come up with three service projects that are effecting change in their community.

    One group of students is creating toys and activities to help promote adoptions at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter, a second group has raised over $200 so far for an international clean water initiative and a third has investigated cafeteria food pricing with a focus on what students want to eat.

    That group is also addressing the subject of food waste with the help of cafeteria manager Mia Holsapple.

    While Agnew helps facilitate and coordinate the activities, she said it’s the students that are taking the lead in the projects.

    “The kids are rocking it!” she said. “They are very proud of these projects as they should be.”

  • Shin energizes base, lays out campaign strategy

    Surrounded by supporters, friends and family crowded in the living room of her house Saturday, Republican District 43 Candidate Lisa Shin laid out her campaign strategy.
     
    “To me, my campaign is not just about Lisa Shin. It’s not about my personality. It’s not a popularity contest,” Shin told her supporters. “To me it’s about the principles.”

    Shin also said this chance was a rare opportunity to win the contested seat back from the Democrats.

    Democrat Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard has held the office since 2013. Garcia Richard announced earlier this year she was stepping down to run for New Mexico Land Commissioner.

    Shin is an active member and vice chair of the Los Alamos Republican Party. In 2016, she spoke as a New Mexico delegate at the national Republican Convention, where she gave a rousing speech about immigration and conservative values.

    Saturday, she brought that same energy to her supporters, but also said it wasn’t going to be easy.

    “I thought that I might be running against Stephanie. The fact that she dropped out, and that it’s now an open seat, I think this is the closest we’ll ever be. If we can get me in now, we can keep it. If we lose it, I think it’s probably lost for good,” Shin told her supporters.

  • LAPD earns national accreditation

    Years of hard work paid off in a big way for members of the Los Alamos Police Department Saturday when the department was awarded a certificate of national accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agents.

    The achievement was announced at the CALEA conference in Frisco, Texas.

    The honor is known as the “gold standard” in law enforcement accreditation, with less than 5 percent of all law enforcement agencies in North America being nationally accredited.

    “This award represents the professionalism and dedication of the men and women of the Los Alamos Police Department,” said LAPD Chief Dino Sgambellone. “I am extremely proud of the Department and thankful for the support we have received from the County Manager, County Council, and the citizens we serve. We look forward to continuing to honor our commitment to those we serve through professional police service.”

  • Lone dog: No. 11 Loyola joins list of regulars at Final Four

    Three teams that need no introduction. One from out of nowhere.

    Though the 2018 NCAA Tournament produced the biggest upset in the history of the event along with a seemingly endless string of wild finishes and unexpected results, the Final Four will look very much like it has over the last handful of seasons.

    In one of next Saturday’s semifinals, it’s a barnburner of a matchup between top-seeded programs with rich histories: Villanova vs. Kansas.

    In what will quickly become known as the “other” semifinal, it’s an upstart vs. another school that knows this road: No. 11 Loyola-Chicago vs. No. 3 Michigan .

    Remarkable as Loyola’s run — and this tournament — have been, this marks the fifth time over the last six seasons that three teams seeded 1 through 4 have been joined by another seeded 7 or higher.

    The four previous times, the underdog has bowed out in the semifinal.

    “Why not us?” Ramblers coach Porter Moser said, repeating his team’s oft-used mantra this month — one he hopes can lead to yet another history making upset. “You have to have high-character guys that believe to truly do that.”

    The teams will have trouble topping the show Kansas and Duke put on Sunday with the last spot in San Antonio up for grabs.

  • Hilltoppers put on a show at LAHS invite

    Hosting its first home meet of the year, the Los Alamos High School track and field teams put together strong performances, leading to a pair of runner-up finishes.

    Eight teams came to Los Alamos Friday afternoon from around the state: Capital, Cleveland, Española Valley, Hope Christian, Los Lunas, McCurdy, Pecos and Pojoaque Valley.

    Cleveland took home first place in the boys and girls competitions. On the boys’ side, Cleveland earned 173.5 points, while on the girls side the team earned 195 points.

    Los Alamos earned second place in both competitions, as the boys earned 95 points and the girls earned 122 points.

    The boys put together one of their strongest meets of the season, as 16 Hilltoppers set new personal records and three of the relays had their best times of the season.

    One of the big winners of the day for LAHS was Arturo Rodriguez, who qualified for the state meet in the shot put and increased his state qualifying mark in the discus. He earned first place with his efforts in the discus and second place in the shot put.

  • New Mexico officials: Be prepared for a severe fire season

    By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is dry and the spring winds are already in full force, resulting in what authorities say is the perfect recipe for a potentially severe fire season.

    Dozens of state and federal land managers along with officials from New Mexico's largest city and surrounding communities gathered Tuesday in Albuquerque to issue a warning to residents around the state.

    Crews have responded to more than 140 fires that have charred roughly 50 square miles of state and private land since January. That's nearly more than was burned all of last year.

    State forestry officials say 80 of the fires were reported in March alone.

    In the cottonwood forest along Albuquerque's stretch of the Rio Grande, crews have been working to clear out overgrown and dead vegetation to reduce the risk.
     

  • Suits could disqualify several New Mexico House candidates

    SANTA FE (AP) — Lawsuits have been filed that seek to disqualify at least three Republican candidates and two Democrats from running for the New Mexico House of Representatives, according to court documents released Monday.

    The lawsuits in state district courts could eliminate competition in three House races between Republicans and Democrats, as well as two primaries in Democrat-dominated districts.

    Democrats hold a 38-seat majority in the 70-member House, and they aim to control both legislative chambers as well as the governor's office. Republican Gov. Susana Martinez can't run for re-election after two consecutive terms.

    Elections for the Democrat-controlled Senate take place next in 2020.

    The suits describe alleged failures to meet requirements for collecting signatures, and could sideline incumbent Republican Reps. Kelly Fajardo of Belen and Sharon Clahchischilliage of Shiprock, along with Republican challenger Bev Courtney of Las Cruces. Courtney hopes to unseat Rep. Joanne Ferrary in the November general election.

  • RTD adds route for Good Friday

    In addition to its regular 150 Chimayo Route bus, the North Central Regional Transit District (RTD “Blue Bus”) will have an additional bus along its Española-to-Chimayo route to accommodate the people making the annual pilgrimage to El Santuario de Chimayo on Good Friday, March 30.

    Two ADA accessible buses will run on a continuous loop throughout the day from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The first bus begins at 8 a.m. and the second at 9 a.m.

    The buses will depart from the Española Transit Center on Paseo de Oñate across from Cook’s Hardware.

    The route then traverses NM Highway 76 with multiple designated RTD bus stops in each direction along the way.

    The route concludes at the Benny Chavez Center located at the County Road 98 (Juan Medina Road) turnoff from NM 76, as it will be prevented from making its normally scheduled stop in the Santuario parking lot.

    It then makes its way back to Española along the same route.

    Delays will be unavoidable due to the heavy pedestrian traffic along the route. Regular passengers of that route need to be aware that buses will not be at the designated scheduled stops at their normally posted time.
    It is also important to note that drivers are not allowed to pick up passengers along the route except at posted RTD bus stops.

  • Police Beat 3-25-18

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department records.
    Charges or citations listed in the Police Beat do not imply guilt or non-guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons or issued a citation.

    March 14
    12 a.m. – Los Alamos police responded to a call of a juvenile wanting to commit suicide.
    8:45 a.m. – Los Alamos policed answered a call of a minor in possession of paraphernalia and a controlled substance at Los Alamos High School. The minor was referred to teen court.
    1:05 p.m. – Los Alamos police responded to an attempted break-in.
    4 p.m. – Los Alamos police impounded a dog for biting.

    March 15
    12 a.m. – Los Alamos police responded to a call of a family in need of services but found the call to be unfounded.
    1 p.m. – Los Alamos police answered a larceny call of shoplifting after the fact.
    7:07 p.m. – Los Alamos police responded to a harassment call. The case remains active.

    March 16
    9:56 a.m. – A call of larceny was answered by Los Alamos police regarding a package being taken from a front porch.

  • Upcoming play readings at the senior centers

    Be sure to mark your calendars for March 28 at the Los Alamos Senior Center and March 29 at the White Rock Senior Center for free play performances.

    Both start at 12:30 p.m. “Gardening Hotline,” by Santa Fe playwright Mark Dunn will feature Jeanne Adkins, Dianna Duerre, Sally Cassil, Thomas Farish, Tami Martinson and Kate Ramsey, and is directed by Pat Beck.

    The engaging play centers on how help can be found and given in unexpected venues. Melvin Snodgrass is a radio talk show host and gardening expert. He is a solitary man, gentle and kind, but a complete nerd.

    His entire life is defined by his love of gardening and the opportunity the show gives him to help people through his vast horticultural knowledge.

    However, one day a caller throws him a real curve ball, and he must work far outside his comfort zone to handle the call.

    His callers include Irene, Alice, Ruth, Rhonique and Jane, his most important caller.

    The readings are part of an on-going partnership among the senior centers, Los Alamos Little Theatre and playwright Robert Benjamin to bring live theater in enjoyable snippets every few months to the senior community.